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BEFORE AND AFTER MASTER BEDROOM THE BROOKLYN CLOCK TOWER RESIDENCE

BEFORE AND AFTER MASTER BEDROOM THE BROOKLYN CLOCK TOWER RESIDENCE

Our latest project took place among the tallest four-sided clock towers in the world!   Constructed in a modernized Byzantine-Romanesque style, the building has been converted into luxury condominium apartments. 

The W. Family contacted us as after they purchased their second apartment next door so they could join them and form one spacious residence. 

As you will see below along the Before and After - the space has been completely rethinked and redesigned to fully optimise the flow and functions of each space in the apartment. 

FROM LIVING ROOM to MASTER BEDROOM

What was the Living room and kitchen has been fully remodelled into a calming spa-like feel and luxurious Master Bedroom en-suite. We Introduced an elegant fireplace with a unique walnut mantel to the space and it instantly transformed the space from “whatever” to “wow!”. 

FROM KITCHEN TO MASTER BATHROOM

This existed kitchen of the previous apartment has been replaced into a spacious spa-like bathroom to complete the Master Suite. 

MASTER BATHROOM

By Anaïs Gibaud

Whole wall mirror effect!

Mirrors bring light into a room, especially when placed opposite an existing window, and can even mimic windows when hung like panels and decorated with window treatments. A large wall mirror becomes a focal point, reflecting back the entire room resulting in a depth of space that makes a living room or bedroom feel expansive.

mirrors as windows

This doubling serves a second purpose in Feng Shui, where a wall mirror that reflects something good or lucky — think a treasured family portrait or beautiful objet d’art picked up on your travels — that positive energy will be doubled, too.

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A framed wall mirror blends in nicely with the ceiling moldings...
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This room is all about doubling the space. A whole wall of mirrors conceal cabinets for added storage. Clever solution!
This classic fireplace is beautifully framed by a whole wall of mirror tiles.
Patricia Gray
Beautiful dining room design by Patricia Gray where she used a clever combination of glass table , acrylic chairs and an oversized mirror to widen the space.
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Another very elegant dining room with a huge mirror reflecting the amazing Murano chandelier by Patricia Gray.

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For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

Swedish Interior Design Style

"Gustavian inspired, Swedish interior design is light and sophisticated."

A bit of history....

Sweedish Interior Design style is characterized by a look that is light,airy and elegant. Whether classic in emphasis, country or contemporary in direction, this style underscores an elegant and refreshing atmosphere.

Despite originating centuries ago, the Swedish Gustavian style is a look that is still popular today. It usually features white painted, neo-classical furnishings – often displaying the patina of age – set against a very light, interior background.

Gustavian style is named for King Gustav III who ruled Sweden in the late 18th century. He had a passion for the neo-classical styles prominent at that time in continental Europe – such as the Louis XVI style in France, for example. Gustav combined elements of these styles in his own royal palaces in Sweden. (I must say the man had good taste.)

Over time, the Gustavian interpretation of a neo-classical interior spread throughout the broader Swedish society and has been recognized as a distinct interior style in its own right.

Gustavian style is versatile enough to feature classical and contemporary elements together and still look great! With that said, there are some style fundamentals to follow.

Creating the look ....

If you are going for the Swedish interior look I have one word for you – white! Okay, maybe not literally everything white – that might get pretty boring. But keeping the supporting hues light is really important. Very soft blues, grays and greens are typical of this style, but the overall finished look should be very light and airy.

For a Gustavian inspired interior, choose white painted furniture that features a classic silhouette. Time worn or distressed edges will further emphasize the look and is a very desirable attribute. Wall moldings and furniture with raised detail will add greater visual interest in this largely white environment.

A touch of gold gilding is important as an accent. Hints of it can be brought in through the raised details of furnishings and by your choice of lighting elements, picture and mirror framing, for example.

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Your walls and trim should be painted white (or a very soft gray, blue or green). Alternately, you might choose a wallpaper pattern. If you go with wallpaper, consider a neo-classic style with a very open and subdued pattern in soft colors on a white background. A common Swedish design motif is floral swags with ribbons and bows.

When it comes to floors, wood looks best with a Swedish interior design style. Consider layering your wood floor with woven rugs or runners to enhance the Swedish aura.

Now let’s talk windows. If you have attractive window moldings you might not want to use draperies at all but perhaps opt for simple sheers or fabric blinds like inside-mounted roman shades. If you choose draperies instead, try something that doesn't not contrast too sharply with the light colored walls. Your window treatment should complement the subtle yet sophisticated overall effect.

Consider natural fabrics for your Swedish interior design style. Linen, cotton and silk are some possibilities.

Finally, add a bit of bling to your look in the form of crystal lighting. This could be a classic, crystal chandelier (it’s been said that every Gustavian interior has one) or similar wall sconces, for example. The crystals will reflect the light in the airy space and be the crown jewel of your inspired Swedish interior design.

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Style Tips:

- Soft blue and white is a common Swedish color scheme. Consider accenting your interior with classic, blue and white porcelain pieces. Also, pastels mixed with white  create a very Gustavian look.

- For a distinctive Swedish look in your bedroom of royal repose, install a half-moon shaped corona with an attached, sheer canopy over the head of the bed. It’s classic Gustavian!

- Round out your look with that distinctive piece of Swedish furniture – a painted, curvaceous, floor clock.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com